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By Laura on 8/22/2013 12:50 PM
When loading glasses, it is actually better to load them between tines so they don’t get marks on them from the tines and keeps them from rattling together.
Blades are safer to load face down so you don’t cut yourself during unloading.
Spoons and forks should be varied in the utensil bin to keep them from nesting together preventing them from getting cleaned properly.

Large tins and cooking sheets should go on the outside of the washer so they don’t block detergent from getting to the rest of the dishes.

Utensils which are too long for the utensil bin should be placed horizontally across the top rack. Serving spoons should be placed face down so they don’t collect water.

Large pots, casserole dishes and serving bowls should be placed on the bottom rack at an angle so they don’t block water from reaching the rest of the dishes.
By Laura on 8/19/2013 6:21 AM
We’ve seen a lot of interesting things in this industry but I never thought anyone would try to redefine a tasting spoon. Electrolux is trying to though! Their design lab is trying to develop a spoon that “tastes” and tells you what the food is lacking.

They also are designing a hands-free stirring utensil and hovering balls to filter the air and fragrance in a room. With helium as its floating agent, they become heavy with the contents they’re filtering.

Most of these inventions will likely never see production but it goes to show how far some of the manufacturers are going to push creativity in order to provide consumers with innovative products. 

I’m not sure how much stock I’d put in a spoon deciding what my recipes need more of but what do you think of this concept?

By Laura on 8/12/2013 6:22 AM
How much do you use boiling water? Need that on tap? Quooker has that covered! We cook a lot of things with boiling water and even use it for other things but if you use it frequently enough that you spend a lot of time waiting for water to boil, having it on tap may be a huge help for you. 

Take a look at this and tell us what you think. Would you use this? How often and for what?
By Laura on 8/5/2013 6:11 AM

Here are some great recipes to kick start a late summer party! If you want to have a theme for something exotic, try out this tropical avocado salsa put together by

Or pineapple salsa: This one has a little jalapeno in it so the combination of sweet and spicy makes a delicious contrast.

Enjoy! And let us know what time the party starts! ;)

By Laura on 7/29/2013 6:37 AM
When a company as big as General Electric designs an entire line for the sole purpose of targeting a new demographic, it’s probably a good idea to take notice.  GE has decided to go after the “20-somethings” demographic with a new line in their lower price range. They believe that this age group asks their parents for recommendations and feel that the “advising” age group considers GE to be a reliable brand so they wanted to have an appealing appliance line to meet the expectations of the advice given to them. They have developed an entire kitchen line-up with refrigerator/freezer, range/oven, and dishwasher all at reasonable prices. They are all relatively no frills appliances to cut costs and to keep things simple since odds are new cooks won’t be diving into double-convection and built-in griddles. 

The design is intended to be reminiscent of “familiar design themes” but bringing them up to date. We all know this as “retro” but apparently the design team is touchy about using that term. They did also...
By Laura on 7/22/2013 7:43 AM
If you’re looking to purchase a new washer, there are several things you should take into account. Capacity is a hard one to decide on but you should get one that suits your needs. Manufacturers used to have multiple sizing formulas for determining tub capacity. They were advertising for appliances without an industry standard making it very difficult for consumers to determine washer capacity.

The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) helped companies decide on a standard to base their tub sizes off of so sizing should be a lot easier to figure out.

As far as figuring out what size you personally need, take notice of how much laundry you do in each load. While a huge capacity might be great if you do huge loads at a time but if you break it up into smaller loads by colors you may not need a huge tub. Most importantly, do tons of research to be sure you’re getting an appliance with the highest reliability possible in the class you’re looking at. Feel free to give us a call if you’re...
By Laura on 7/15/2013 8:13 AM
Appliances have been around for many generations before us but people don’t seem to realize that appliances used to last through generations. They would require regular maintenance but the frame and basic structures could last several decades before being replaced. They were built to last! Early Frigidaire refrigerators (which were built by General Electric) were known to last up to 50 years!

Maytag washers used to be able to be repaired with just a handful of parts they had so few things go wrong with them. They even had a running joke for how lonely the Maytag repair man was because he had so little work!

So what happened? A push for reduced energy consumption happened. As populations grew, so did energy consumption and at a massive rate so everyone got the idea that energy usage was more important than the longevity of the appliances. Appliances are being built to match specific numbers that have been set as standards for efficiency but haven’t taken into account how much more is spent on repairs...
By Laura on 7/9/2013 6:29 AM

We post blogs on information that we find interesting but we would love your feedback! We have a lot of knowledge between all of us at Totem so let us know what you’re interested in and we’ll get on it. We don’t want to get into specific repairs because let’s be honest, who wants to hear about so and so’s leaking washer door but other than that we’re pretty flexible.

Feel free to comment on here or say hi and we’ll get back to you. Thanks for all the support and loyal customers!

By Laura on 7/1/2013 7:03 AM
In the midst of the awful flooding in Calgary, we would like to extent our sympathies to all that have been affected by this tragedy.

We came across this link that has a lot of information on the flooding with lists of means for volunteering as well as financial aid programs being offered to those affected by the floods.
By Laura on 6/24/2013 5:40 AM
It’s been a while since we did a trends update so I thought we’d do the first of the year now that we’re a little ways into it and see what’s making headlines (and magazines covers). Many trends are carry-overs from last year that are still gaining popularity. Gray color schemes in the kitchen are up 55% since 2010. This is a difficult look to pull off correctly but with some well-coordinated contrast, gray themes can look stunning and memorable.Transitional kitchen styles are on the rise making it possible to blend traditional kitchens with contemporary warmth.Quartz is close second to granite in the kitchen. Quartz products are known for having the best of granite and the best of “man-made” products. They are stone based so they are extremely hard and durable. They both have pros and cons but many people are starting to lean towards quartz these days.According to Retail Observer “The total cost of the average kitchen” is down nearly $4,000. The present economy is making a lot of changes to consumer buying but...
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